Interview 041— Fr. Ripperger on the State of Theology in the Church

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We are joined again by Fr. Chad Ripperger, who has taken a break from his busy schedule and writing projects (which is one of the reasons it has been so long since we’ve had him on). Today, we’re talking about the state of Theology today, how modernism has affected it (properly what modernism is), how it has affected the laity, and how many errors are made in Theology. With that, he gets into what Theology properly is, and how it differs from knowledge of Catechism, and specific areas where people make mistakes. The discussion is wide ranging and fascinating form A-Z. Lastly, why it is that theological science and formation proper is necessary, even though many theologians today say heterodox things.

Sensus Traditionis

Episode Notes (NB: Work in Progress)

Pascendi Dominici Gregis
Descartes, Discourse on Method
Hume: Causation
St. Thomas, II IIae Q153 A 5

Operative points of view

Magisterial Authority

Binding Force of Tradition

Summa I Q1 a1 on science

Condemnation of Universalism from the 2nd Council of Constantinople:
If anyone says or thinks that the punishment of demons and of impious men is only temporary, and will one day have an end, and that a restoration (ἀποκατάστασις) will take place of demons and of impious men, let him be anathema.
Anathema to Origen and to that Adamantius, who set forth these opinions together with his nefarious and execrable and wicked doctrine and to whomsoever there is who thinks thus, or defends these opinions, or in any way hereafter at any time shall presume to protect them.


Tanquerey, The Spiritual Life

Cosmology (in a Philosophical sense)

Western Schism

Definition of Vatican I

The Principle of the Integral Good

On the Marks (Notes) of the Church – Bellarmine

St. Thomas on the Three Baptisms

Trent on Vernacular, Session 22 Can. 9

Quo Primum

Trent, Session 7 can. 14

In regard to Quod a Nobis, in the interview I said “St. Pius V made wholesale changes in the breviary” I meant St. Pius X, in his encyclical Divino Afflatu.

Luther: The Formula of the Mass

Trent, Session 21 ch. 2 [I said 23rd by mistake in the recording]:
It furthermore declares, that this power has ever been in the Church, that, in the dispensation of the sacraments, their substance being untouched, it may ordain,–or change, what things soever it may judge most expedient, for the profit of those who receive, or for the veneration of the said sacraments, according to the difference of circumstances, times, and places. And this the Apostle seems not obscurely to have intimated, when he says; Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. And indeed it is sufficiently manifest that he himself exercised this power,- as in many other things, so in regard of this very sacrament; when, after having ordained certain things touching the use thereof, he says; The rest I will set in order when I come. Wherefore, holy Mother Church, knowing this her authority in the administration of the sacraments, although the use of both species has,–from the beginning of the Christian religion, not been unfrequent, yet, in progress of time, that custom having been already very widely changed,–she, induced by weighty and just reasons,- has approved of this custom of communicating under one species, and decreed that it was to be held as a law; which it is not lawful to reprobate, or to change at plea sure, without the authority of the Church itself.

6 thoughts on “Interview 041— Fr. Ripperger on the State of Theology in the Church

  1. Joy Stokes Dvorak

    How does a lay person discern if they have the “requisite intelligence” to pursue higher education. After listening to multiple lectures by Fr. Ripperger, I understand my level of ignorance, but am sincerely seeking guidance on my role in the church as a woman, after coming into the modern NO twenty-two years ago. I once served as a lector and EM. My local parish is NO and I feel called to become part of the community to help guide others back to tradition, while praying for the priest to learn TLM.

    1. rubens7 Post author

      Normally people really should be talking to a priest who knows them well and who can guide them in making such decisions. In a case such as yours, however, if you have a solid priest who is able to suggest the various materials that would probably be the best route rather than trying to guide yourself.

  2. Alexander

    Fr. Ripperger states to get St. Benedict medals blessed/exorcised in the old rite. I cannot seem to find this old rite blessing. Sources online show a 1964 version and a 1980 “version” and they look the same. Or basically, I cannot find a different version of the St. Benedict medal blessing anywhere. Was he mistaken? Or if there’s an “old rite” version, where can I find it?

    1. rubens7 Post author

      It is in the Rituale Romanum, as well as in the Appendix of the Benedictine Breviary. If you need, when I get a chance I can copy it out for you from my 1934 Breviarium Monasticum.

  3. ryannx211

    What about some of the trends that are passed off as Catholic Theology but may, in fact, not be?
    E.g: Phenomenology, TOB, etc


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